Sculpture in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica
City LivingSan Jose

I love downtown San José. The parks are pleasant places to while away the hours, and the pedestrian malls are bustling gathering places for shoppers, workers, street artists, and tourists. I especially enjoy the sculptures. You’ll find public art dedicated to families, street sweepers, firefighters, farmers, and more. Two of

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Agujas River, Drake Bay, southern Pacific of Costa Rica. Photo: Andrés Madrigal

Drake Bay has got to be one of the most exotic and intimate destinations in Costa Rica. It is also one of the hardest to get to. Getting there is an adventure. First, we drove five hours from San José along the Pan-American Highway, passing through Palmar Norte before arriving

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Santa Elena Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Photo: Andrés Madrigal

Monteverde is so rich in nature and culture that it can reinvent itself quickly. From tours that range from basic backpacking to sophisticated stays, to restaurants and lodging, we always find something new and surprising. Here are our recommendations. Daily Dose of Adventure Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve This reserve

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The only way to get to Rara Avis Lodge: Bouncing around on a trailer pulled by a tractor. Hang on! Photo: Andrés Madrigal

The rains are upon us. One should expect daily showers from here to mid-November, so plan accordingly: an umbrella should form part of your daily outfit. For a detailed, up-to-date weather forcast, check out the National Meterological Institute’s website. It’s only in Spanish, but if with a basic understanding of

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The spectacular waterfall at Río Celeste. We suggest to leave it for the end of your hike.  
Photo: Andrés Madrigal
Costa Rica Day TripsRío Celeste

By Aída Araya I had heard a lot about Río Celeste and had high expectations. Even with my mind set to experience something incredible, the panoramic natural beauty that surrounds Río Celeste left me astounded. The human mind cannot conceive of such a level of magnificence and purity until it

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City Living

One of my favorite places to sit and watch the crowds pass by. For a bird’s eye view, grab a beer and boca at La Terraza (where this photo was taken), located at the southwest corner. The entire plaza is abuzz with pedestrians, lottery vendors, taxi drivers, kids eating ice

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For direct access to Manuel Antonio – one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – at an affordable rate, go straight to Hotel Verde Mar. This isn’t awe-inspiring luxury. Instead, it’s a wonderfully friendly staff, reasonable accommodations, and a gate that leads right to the beach. For proles

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Tree frog in Costa Rica rain forest.

Does this frog really deserve our adulation?

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This is a review for stand up paddling on Lake Arenal, in Costa Rica. Have you tried it? Let us know how it went for you.

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Sunset at Manuel Antonio  Beach, Costa Rica.
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It doesn’t get much better than this. Especially if you’re from some place like Minnesota.

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